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New signage finding its way to RF

Some examples from the city of River Falls website on how wayfinding signs in the area might look. Submitted image

River Falls residents will eventually see new signs going up around town, directing people to local destinations, thanks to a city Wayfinding project.

The project was started years ago with some internal work, but had stalled before it was revived last year, said Senior Planner Brandy Howe.

Lat year, city staff got permission to hire a consultant for the planning process. The design work has now been completed and the next step, Howe said, will be bidding the project out to manufacturers.

Once the bid is awarded, the city will work with the chosen manufacturer to create the signs and installing them. The plan calls for the signs to go up in phases, Howe said.

She says people won't likely see any signs go up before next fall.

Once the signs are up, people will see signs directing them to places such as the downtown business district, UW-River Falls, Hoffman and Glen parks, the Public Library, the soccer fields, and River Falls High School.

Public Works Operations Director Mike Stifter said city staff hope to start bidding in May.

"We're hoping to erect some of the first signs later this fall,"he said. "We anticipate multiple phases over the next few years."

The signs were designed to point the way to local things that will be in place for a long time.

"Part of the project is to clean up the aesthetics of the community," Howe said, "so getting rid of the sign clutter that's out there."

She said providing a uniform sign package will improve the city's look.

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Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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